SBIFF Riviera Project Capital Campaign

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2017 SBIFF Photo Highlights

Click below for just a few photo highlights from the 2017 Film Festival.



2017 Award Winning Films

This morning we announced the 2017 SBIFF award winning films at an awards breakfast hosted by The Fess Parker. We want to thank the jury and we must thank the many filmmakers that shared their amazing films with all of us. Audience Choice Award sponsored by the Santa... read more

2017 Variety Artisans Award

Variety Artisans Award to honor Alessandro Bertolazzi, Jess Gonchor, Justin Hurwitz, James Laxton, Robert Legato, Alan Murray, Keving O’Connell, Joe Walker, and Mary Zephers

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2017 Outstanding Directors Award

Barry Jenkins, Damien Chazelle, Denis Villeneuve, and Kenneth Lonergan will receive the 2017 Outstanding Directors of the Year Award. They will each be celebrated individually for their films Moonlight, La La Land, Arrival, and Manchester by the Sea respectively. The individual honors will be followed by a joint conversation between the directors on their craft and the landscape of modern day filmmaking. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, February 7th at the historic Arlington Theatre. The tribute will be moderated by Pete Hammond.

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2017 Opening Night Film – Charged

SBIFF 2017 will kick off the festival on Wednesday, February 1st, at the historic Arlington Theatre with the World Premiere of CHARGED. The Opening Night Film is sponsored by UGG®.

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2017 SBIFF Program

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG®, will offer a vast array of films representing 50+ countries, 51 world premieres and 64 US premieres, along with tributes with the year’s top talent, panel discussions, and free community education and outreach programs.

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2017 American Riviera Award

Jeff Bridges will be honored with SBIFF’s 2017 American Riviera Award on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the historic Arlington Theatre. Bridges will be fêted with a Tribute, moderated by Scott Feinberg, celebrating his illustrious career, culminating with his captivating performance in David Mackenzie’s Hell or High Water, a CBS Films release. The film opened in August to critical acclaim.

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2017 Cinema Vanguard Award

Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams will be honored with the Cinema Vanguard Award on Sunday, February 5, 2017. The two actors will be celebrated for their remarkable roles in Kenneth Lonergan’s deeply poignant Manchester by the Sea and will be feted with a tribute moderated by Scott Feinberg at the Arlington Theatre. The tribute is sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter.

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2017 Montecito Award

Isabelle Huppert will receive SBIFF’s Montecito Award for her critically acclaimed role in Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, a Sony Pictures release. Given to a person in the entertainment industry who has made a great contribution to film. The tribute will be moderated by Anne Thompson on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

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2017 Maltin Modern Master Award

Denzel Washington is set to receive the Maltin Modern Master Award at the 32nd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Washington will be honored for his longstanding contributions to the film industry culminating with Paramount’s upcoming Fences which he directs, produces and stars in. Leonard Maltin, for who the award was recently renamed after, will return for his 26th year to moderate the evening. The award will be presented on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre.

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2017 Outstanding Performers of the Year Award

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling will be presented with the 2017 Outstanding Performers of the Year award at a tribute moderated by Roger Durling on Friday, February 3, 2017 for their remarkable performances in Damien Chazelle’s dazzling La La Land, from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label. This marks the first time Stone has been honored by the festival and will be a return for Gosling who was the inaugural recipient of the Cinema Vanguard Award in 2008.

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